RI People & Appointments, November 20: AP4, Danske Bank, Old Mutual, Caisse des Dépôts, Global Witness

The latest ESG movers and shakers.

Mikael Johansson, the former Senior Portfolio Manager, External Management at Sweden’s Fjärde AP-fonden (AP4), has started his own firm called Green Return Investment Consulting. He says: “With extensive experience from various roles within institutional asset management, I strive to help clients to achieve sustainable and economically beneficial solutions to the challenges they are exposed to.” He has helped to: develop sustainable and long-term investments beliefs and policies based on each asset owner’s specific conditions; set up strategies for managing climate change related risks and opportunities in financial asset portfolios; and evaluate and select new external asset managers. He played a role in the development of both customized and standardised low carbon indexes in collaboration with MSCI, Amundi and Northern Trust. He was responsible for setting up external low carbon funds on behalf of AP4.

Thomas H. Kjærgaard, Head of Responsible Investments at Danske Bank, has stepped down, the bank has confirmed. It said it has not yet found a replacement for Kjærgaard, a former chair of Dansif, the Danish Social Investment Forum. His LinkedIn profile lists him as an Independent Sustainable and Responsible Investment expert.

Norman Zhang has reportedly been named general manager, investments at Media Super, the A$5bn industry fund for print, media, entertainment and the arts in Australia. Zhang, who joins from Frontier Advisors, takes over from Justin Nunan, who left to join Legg Mason.

Eric Lombard, former head of Italian insurer Generali’s French arm, has been nominated to head state investor Caisse des Dépôts, according to the Financial Times citing a statement from Emanuel Macron.

Camilla Nestor, formerly with the Grameen Foundation, has reportedly been named CEO of the US-based nonprofit Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX). MIX seeks to increase financial inclusion by promoting transparency.

Inge van den Doel, former Chief Investment Officer of Pensioenfonds Metaal en Techniek (PMT), has been named a Director at the €67bn Dutch pension fund for metal and technical workers, IPE reports . She replaces former Syntrus Achmea executive Guus Wouters, who will retire at the end of the year after seven years in the role. Van den Doel served as CIO at PMT from April 2012 before stepping down in September, she is succeeded by Hartwig Liersch – who had served as PMT’s Risk Manager since 2010.Freddie Woolfe has been appointed head of responsible investment and stewardship at Old Mutual Global Investors (OMGI). He will work with the firm’s fund management teams, reporting into head of UK equities Richard Buxton. OMGI said he would “play a key part” in its stewardship work and oversee a “comprehensive global voting programme”. He joins from Newton Investment Management where he was responsible investment analyst primarily covering the healthcare and technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Prior to that he was associate director at Hermes Equity Ownership Services. Announcement

Mark Lidiard, former Head of Investor Relations at BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell), has been named Group Investor Relations Director at UK telecoms giant BT.

The Obama Foundation, the former US President’s civic and community engagement charity, has reportedly appointed four new Directors to its Board: Penny Pritzker, the former US Secretary of Commerce; Glenn Hutchins, Co-Founder of US private equity firms North Island and Silver Lake; Mahalia Hines, Board President of US city youth foundation, Common Ground; and Juan Salgado, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago.

GE Renewable Energy has named Steven Oswald as the new Country Executive for its wind business in Australia & New Zealand. David Lian has been promoted to Head of Sales for Wind in the region.

The Church of England has just closed a vacancy for a Screening and Stewardship Manager. “You will be a core member of the Engagement Team for the Church Commissioners and Church of England Pensions Board with combined AUM over £10bn,” the ad states. “You will be our expert on corporate governance, confident and curious about developments on corporate, social and environmental issues.”
The Church Commissioners are recruiting a Third Church Estates Commissioner to help shape the agenda of the Church Commissioners, and build deeper links with Bishops and Cathedrals.

Campaign group Global Witness is seeking a Senior Policy Advisor, Oil, Gas and Mining on a six-month fixed term contract. The role, which is based in Washington DC and has a salary of $84,340 pro-rata, will “play an instrumental role in advocating for U.S. policies to tackle corruption in the oil, gas and mining sectors and supporting our ground-breaking investigative work in this area”.